Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Digital Concert Hall

by admin on July 25, 2009 · 6 comments

in Studio/Tech/Recording News

I guess there’s nothing new under the sun. But chalk one up for the marketing minds at the venerable Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The New York Philharmonic has its new iPhone app, the London Symphony its own YouTube channel. The BPO has gone one better and placed its season online, live from the Philharmonie. And in digital sound and the most stunning HD picture

I can imagine pouring a nice glass of wine with friends and getting together for a fantastic live concert by arguably the world’s top orchestra from a great concert hall, all from the comfort of your living room.

The site suggests: ‘The Digital Concert Hall makes it possible for you to experience the Berliner Philharmoniker’s concerts wherever you are in the world. You can follow the performances live and you can also watch them later in a video archive.’ From the excerpts I’ve seen, the direction is first class. It’s almost as good as being there!

This is a fantastic idea by the Berlin Philharmonic. I’m sure other orchestras will adopt this model. It’s perfect for spreading the organization’s musical word and for building its brand. Bravo!

Website

YouTube channel

Sir Simon Rattle explains the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall. Be sure to press the HD button and Full Screen tab. The future, for sure.

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Tam Pollard 07.26.09 at 5:52 am

One thing you don’t mention, though, is the price - €149 for the season seems pretty steep (you can get season tickets to hear real orchestras live in real concert hall for that much, admittedly not quite as good as the the BPO, but still). Seems very expensive to me. Similarly the one off price of €9.90 for a single concert (for which you only get to watch once) - set against the price of a CD, this is pretty crazy.

admin 07.27.09 at 12:53 am

And the millions of people who are unable to hear concerts the level of the BPO? What a boon.

I’m sure the price point is to amortize the startup costs, players/soloists broadcast fees, etc. Hopefully, they’ll come down.

That said, I think it is a fantastic idea. Other orchestras will adopt it. Under the right conditions — big picture and sound — these concerts will be spellbinding.

Vito 08.23.10 at 7:34 pm

The site says that at least one of the concerts is free, but I get the run-around when I try to watch the free concert. It sends me to a ticket page, and I click on free ticket, and it sends me to page that says that I have registered. I go back to the page where I choose the concert and then it sends me again to the ticket page, and so on and so on.

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